Photography Careers

With the cost effectiveness and availability of digital cameras photography is fast becoming a popular hobby but becoming a  photographer is a different ball game. So, if you feel you are talented, have an artistic eye and want to make a living out of your passion, here is how you launch your career in photography:

  • Education: A degree in photography is a good career starting point.
  • Degree holders often have an edge in being considered for steady commercial photography, photojournalism and can even work as educators.
  • Select a course that covers different types of photography, composition, lighting and processing techniques as well as provides business knowledge of the field in addition to technical use of the equipment.
  • Right Equipment: Depending on your requirement, invest in the right equipment like cameras, lenses, light meters, tripods, software and scanners.
  • Practice Makes Perfect: Practice taking photos of anything and everything you are interested in.
  • Shoot regularly in different conditions to understand how to click photographs in different kinds of light and its effects.
  • Always continue to hone your skills and pick up new ones with experimentation and practice.
  • Finding your Niche: Each type of photography requires a certain type of skills. For example Portrait photographers must be good at making a person comfortable and bring out the right response for the required shot whereas photojournalists should be alert and comfortable in clicking in any situation. Choose your field of interest and build your skills accordingly.
  • Create a portfolio: A good portfolio is a must for beginning a career in photography.
  • Select only your best photos which showcase a broad range of your talent as potential clients or employers will be making their decision about hiring you based on your portfolio.
  • Gain Experience: You can also gain experience by learning and earning on the job by working with other photographers. Once you learn the ropes, make the right connections and build enough reputation, you can go freelance.
  • Enter a contest: This is a good testing ground for your skills and you have nothing to lose.
  • In fact, entering a contest will help you take a critical look at your photographs which will improve your photography skills and of course there are chances of winning in cash or kind along with gaining recognition.
  • Start Small: Many new freelance photographers start on a low fee in order to build a reliable network which in turn can help in terms of referrals and recommendations leading to higher paying opportunities.
  • Network Online and Offline: Networking is one of the best ways to advertise your business for free.
  • Create a personal website to display your best shots and you can also have a mailing list which visitors can subscribe to.
  • Have business cards printed which are handy to give to potential clients.
  • Offer discounts or incentives to get people to try out your services.
  • Ask Questions: Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It will help you gain confidence about trying something new and gain different perspectives. Clear your doubts. Lastly, be persistent. You will face failures before you taste sweet success, as becoming a successful professionalphotographer does not happen in one shot.

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